House Patent Reform Bill Faces Early Hurdles

Law360, New York (March 30, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT) -- Comprehensive patent reform legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday met with some initial pushback over changes to the Senate-passed bill that enhance prior user rights and lower the threshold for launching an inter partes review.

During a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet, Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, unveiled H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act, the long-awaited House companion to S. 23, passed with overwhelming support in the Senate earlier this month.

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